“The Avro Manchester was a heavy-bomber that first flew on 25 July 1939. To all intents and purposes the aircraft was regarded as a failure. The Manchester’s two engines were woefully underpowered and regularly broke down, limiting the aircraft’s operational capability. Despite the notorious engine problems Avro persisted with the design and the Manchester went into production in 1940, entering service with Bomber Command’s 207 Squadron in November of that year.”
Extract from Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards
Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards is a new ebook that tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of Bomber Command’s infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943.
The book looks at the development of the bouncing bomb and the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board.
It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson his life, including why the RAF chose to keep the actual cause of the crash a secret.
Other titles from Richard Edwards
Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Richard and Peter Edwards is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. The book tells the dramatic story of Britain’s aviation industry from the earliest pioneers to the government nationalisations that fashioned its destiny. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviators, those who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the highest, the fastest and the furthest.
The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book provides an in-depth history of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service. Aviation News said; “New material previously unpublished is included, within an extremely well-written narrative history.”